Dr. Will Cooke Receives "Doc Hollywood" Award from the Indiana Rural Health Association PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016 10:55



As part of the Indiana Rural Health Association's Annual Conference awards ceremony, held June 22, 2016 at French Lick Springs Resort, Dr. Will Cooke received the Doc Hollywood Award. Dr. Cooke received four nominations, two from individuals from Scott County and two from outside the county.

Doc Hollywood Day is about recognizing those who care professionally for people in rural and underserved communities across the nation. Access to quality healthcare is a key component in terms of individuals’ physical and mental health; it is also a key component in communities’ economic vitality. Without healthcare, along with schools, industry, water systems and other infrastructure, communities wither and die.

The Doc Hollywood award raises visibility and awareness of these unsung heroes and celebrates their contributions, enhances the recruitment of people into these professions and areas to ensure access to quality health care and viable, thriving communities.

The past year and a half has been difficult for the small rural community of Austin, Indiana, as a result of the HIV outbreak. Dr. Cooke and his staff have been dedicated to true patient-centered care by reducing barriers to and providing high quality primary care to local residents for over 10 years. This ongoing dedication is continually demonstrated by his team's commitment to increased access to free or reduced cost healthcare services to Austin residents.

More recent demonstration of his commitment to providing high quality care was his completion of a certification in HIV primary care, which makes him the first HIV primary care physician in the state of Indiana. In addition, he recognizes that health is a result of many factors and looks at addressing social determinants of health through his continued work with state and national partners to expand both inside and outreach health services; these include a clinic pharmacy, case management providing linkages to various social services, including substance abuse and mental health services, and an outreach mobile testing that provides HIV and Hepatitis testing and ensures patients have greater access to basic needs of food, clothing and adequate shelter.

This past winter his mobile unit staff leveraged donations to provide heaters for patients who were living in homes without gas or electricity. Currently, he is building rural health capacity through a partnership with Marian University School of Medicine who will place medical students in his clinic, Scott Memorial Hospital, and Clark County Health Department’s needle exchange program.

These examples are evidence of Dr. Cooke and his team's dedication to rural health by reducing disparities through meeting the needs of Scott County communities and ensuring high quality accessible healthcare and most of all providing hope and a healthy future for impoverished residents living with HIV and continuing their struggle to overcome substance abuse.


The Scott County Fair this Year Will Be Smoke and Tobacco Free PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016 10:53


The Scott County Fair Association recently adopted a new policy that excludes any tobacco use on the fairground property, including buildings, outdoor grounds, the grandstands, exhibits, and the midway. The policy includes alternative tobacco products like electronic cigarettes, and will be promoted at the 2016 Fair, which runs July 10-16th.

At this past May Fair Board meeting, fair board members heard a presentation by CEASe, the Scott County Tobacco Prevention Cessation Coalition, and Scott Memorial Hospital prompting them to make the decision, as well over 25 other counties had already done so within the past several years. CEASe Coordinator, Lori Croasdell, illustrated how the fair board could improve local policy to follow the National 4-H Healthy Living Task Force recommendations.

This policy supports the 4-H Healthy Living Program directives to increase awareness and understanding of the value of healthy living through effective, appropriate, and targeted communication to families and youth, and to promote positive youth development that the 4-H Fair offers. These recommendations were created in 2010 by the National 4-H Healthy Living Task Force and support the 4-H activity of positive role modeling for youth. Numerous studies have proven that adults’ modeling tobacco use is the number one reason children begin using tobacco.

There will be no smoking or tobacco use in the fairground buildings, the general area of the fairgrounds, midway, or grandstands. Designated smoking areas will be clearly marked and located in the front parking lot and rear parking lot. “No Smoking” signs will be displayed throughout the fairgrounds.




Couple's argument ends in knife wound, husband jailed and charged PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016 10:52



An Austin couple's argument ended June 11 with the husband arrested and charged with felony battery.

Patrolman Scott McCoskey was sent to the scene of the incident on North High Street. He found a woman who was bleeding from a cut on her hand. Major Donald Spicer stayed with the injured woman while Ptl. McCoskey began a search for her husband, identified as Edward L. Wilson, 61.

He found Wilson walking along a city street. When Ptl. McCoskey questioned the man, Wilson reportedly told him that he and his wife had been arguing and that he was walking “...to get away from her.”

Both the woman and a family friend stated that Wilson had threatened to cut the wife's car tires with his pocket knife. Wilson then allegedly approached his wife and slashed her hand.

Wilson was placed into custody and transported to the Scott County Security Center by Ptl. McCoskey. As Wilson was being booked, a jailer reportedly found two pills on the man. Ptl. McCoskey identified them as a form of acetaminophen/hydrocodone, a controlled substance.

Wilson appeared in Scott Circuit Court on June 13, with an initial plea of not guilty entered for him on Level 5 felony battery with a deadly weapon and two Class A misdemeanors of domestic battery and possession of a Schedule 1-4 controlled substance.

His jury trial is scheduled for September 27. Wilson paid a cash bail of $5,000 and was released that Monday. A no contact order was entered to protect his alleged victim.

A public defender has been assigned to the case.




Argument between couple gets physical; boyfriend charged with battery, strangulation PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016 10:50



An argument between a couple on June 15 apparently got out of hand at a home on South Slate Ford Road, with the woman going to the emergency room at Clark Memorial Hospital in Jeffersonville for treatment.

Deputy Joe Guarneri was dispatched to the hospital to talk to the alleged victim, a longtime girlfriend of Timothy A. Bryant, 35. She said she and her daughter, who live in Jeffersonville, sometimes visited Bryant at the Scottsburg area residence, which they did on June 14.

When the mother got into an argument with her daughter, she said Bryant told her to leave. While gathering her belongings, the woman said Bryant grabbed her by the throat so tightly that she almost passed out. He released her and then apparently picked up a gun, grabbing her again by the throat.

She described being “...slammed...” against a bedroom door and then Bryant putting his head against hers, telling her that he was going to kill her. The woman said she closed her eyes and never saw a gun but she heard a bang. She said she punched Bryant in the face and that the man told her he was sorry.

She said she got her daughter and went into the bedroom of Bryant's son. She and the girl stayed in the room until morning and then left.

The woman had bruises on her leg, arm and shoulder and that her neck was sore where Bryant had grabbed her.

Level 5 felony intimidation and Level 6 felony strangulation were two of the charges filed against Bryant as were a Level 5 charge of criminal recklessness and a Class A misdemeanor charge of battery.

Bryant appeared for his initial hearing in Scott Circuit Court on June 17. Judge Pro Tem John Dietrich set Bryant's jury trial for October 25 and bail at $75,000 by corporate surety bond or $25,000 by cash. A protective order was also filed against him, ordering him to stay away from his alleged victim.

A status conference on the case was scheduled for June 27.




Criminal charges filed against pair in 2014, current cases of burglary and theft PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016 10:48



Criminal charges of burglary and theft have been filed against a local couple in connection with incidents investigated by the Scottsburg Police Department in 2014 and similar cases which happened in April and early June.

Those charged include Sean Arevalos, 25, and his girlfriend, Meranda Dold, 23. Each faces two charges of Level 4 felony burglary and three Class A misdemeanors of theft in Scott Circuit Court.

The cases were investigated by Patrolman James Vires and Sgt. Steven Herald. In July, 2014, Ptl. Vires was dispatched to the home of the alleged victim on South Main Street. The man told him that a jar of change and copper wiring had been taken. Arevalos and Dold were mentioned as persons of interest in the case.

This past April, Sgt. Herald was advised that another jar of change had been taken from the same home under similar circumstances. Curious, the officer went to a recycling business nearby to talk to staff there. He learned that Arevalos and Dold had purportedly been seen taking copper wiring in 2014 from a shed near the residence. The wiring was sold to the recycling business. Documents showing that Arevalos was the seller were obtained by the sergeant.

Sgt. Brian Hall also got involved in the investigation. He learned that another man had witnessed the 2014 theft of coated copper wiring. Sgt. Herald also obtained a security camera video of the theft.

Early in June, Sgt. Herald talked to Dold, who allegedly admitted to helping Arevalos take the copper wire. She denied having taken any jars of change.

Dold and Arevalos appeared in court on June 16. Each entered a not guilty plea and were assigned initial jury trial dates of October 25. Their bail was set at $50,000 by corporate surety bond. Cash bail for Arevalos was set at $20,000; in Dold's case, it was set at $5,000.

Protective orders were served on each defendant, directing them to have no contact with the alleged victim, who is a relative of Dold's. Public defenders were assigned to the cases.




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